I thought about that too, but Jones has been hurt twice already w/ a hammy and Youk was on the DL. I remained competitive w/o those two guys and I have a real feeling that one if not all 3 of them can get hurt at any time.
I really like this trade for you! You get one of the best players in the game in Wright (and he hasn't even peaked yet this season; his power will come) and possibly the best closer. You certainly gave up some value but you still have an awesome outfield, you improved your third base and you were able to deal an extra second baseman. With Wright and Utley, you have two first round draft picks (arguably three with Beltran) on your roster, and that can never hurt! I think you did great!!
However, I'm not certain how much Wright's steals are actually going to help you. Even though he's having a fantastic season thus far with SB's, I'm not convinced he's going to steal 35 again, which is about what you need from him for this trade to have been completely worth while. The only other guys on your roster capable of appreciable steals are Abreu, Beltran and Utley and I guess Lopez, although I'm not sure if he's worth playing every day.....
Ultimately, I really like this deal from your perspective, because you can never have too many All-Star caliber players on your roster and I think that while you may have given up slightly more overall value, you certainly got the better players!
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